Thyme

Latin:  Thymus vulgaris

Family:  Lamiaceae

Parts Used:  Leaf

Taste/Energetics:   Warm, drying

Properties:  Carminative, antimicrobial, immunostimulant, expectorant. antispasmodic, anxiolytic, circulatory stimulant, expectorant

Actions:  This is another Mediterranean herb primarily used in cooking but is also used in aromatherapy as an essential oil.  Thyme gently relaxes the stomach wall and eases cramping to improve digestion.  Thyme helps move ad circulate blood and has an expectorant and antispasmodic property useful for hacking coughs and asthmatic attacks.  Thyme can be helpful for treating coughs, colds and sore throats due to its antimicrobial properties.  In terms of mental health it is often used in aromatherapy formulas for its uplifting, stimulating qualities.

Dosage:  Generally as culinary garnish.  Standard dosage in essential oils.  1-2 teaspoons of herb in cup of hot water infused for 10 minutes to 2x/day.

Contraindications:   Standard essential oil precautions.

Further Reading:

Thyme monograph  by Rosalee de la Foret